The Mayor of Nerja, José Alberto Armijo, has announced that the contract for the design and construction of the long awaited new water treatment plant for Nerja has been signed by the Secretary of State for the Environment and the joint venture company that won the bidding process. The mayor said “this is another step forward for this very important project”.

The contractor now has three months to produce the final draft of the project. As the contract was signed on the 12th of December 2012, they have until March 12, 2013 to deliver the project blueprint, which will be examined and amended if necessary by engineers from the Environment Ministry. Once this blueprint is signed off by the Ministry, construction work can start.

The Mayor also stated that whilst welcoming the fact that the contract had been signed, he recognises that there is much work still to be done and is “very aware of the paperwork and deadlines still to be met”.

The new plant has been in the planning stages since the 1970′s and the current project was approved by the Government back in April 2011, with the tendering process starting in March 2012 for the €40 million project. During the tender process, there were a total of 14 proposals, ranging in price from just under €20M to €22M (plus VAT).

The technical bids for the new project were received in June and the winning bid came from the consortium Isolux-Corsan-Corviam who tendered the lowest bid for the project, out of the 14 different proposals, at just over €19 million. This bid was €3M less than the next cheapest rival.

The new plant will be located on the hills above the town, in the vicinity of Fuente del Baden. This will require various pumping stations, as only Maro and the urbanisations in Capistrano will be able to feed the plant via gravity alone.

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